Men's roles, gender relations, and sustainability in water supplies: some lessons from Nepal
There is a tendency among agencies engaged in installing water supplies in Nepal to claim that their drinking-water projects can deliver sustainable practical benefits to women and men in the project communities. On the other hand, study of the water-supply interventions of some agencies, including nongovernmental, bilateral, and government organisations, carried out from a gender perspective in various geographical regions of Nepal over a period of two years (early 1997 to early 1999) shows different results. One major finding of the research is that, despite the importance of women's strategic involvement in the management of water supplies, as highlighted by the literature on gender and development, the drinking-water sector still appears insensitive to gender issues in Nepal. The following discussions support this finding.
In: Sweetman C (Ed), Men’s Involvement in Gender and Development Policy and Practice: Beyond Rhetoric. Oxfam Working Papers. Oxfam, Oxford, UK, 5 pp.